Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, popularly referred to as KNUST is the largest public university located in Kumasi, Ashanti Region and Ghana’s second university. It was previously known as Kumasi College of Technology but the name was changed to Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology by an Act of Parliament on 22 August 1961, under the supervision of R.P Baffour.
The University of Science and Technology succeeded the Kumasi College of Technology which was established by a Government Ordinance on 6th October 1951. It was, however, opened officially on 22nd January 1952 with 200 Teacher Training students transferred from Achimota, to form the nucleus of the new College. The college ascended to university status and was renamed Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (thus birthing KNUST) by an Act of Parliament on 22nd August 1961. This name was changed to University of Science and Education following the revolution of 24th February 1966 but later changed again to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology by another Act of Parliament, Act 559 of 1998.
Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah believed in education and played a major role in the establishment of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in 1952. The university is one of Nkrumah’s major achievements and an incredible Ghanaian tertiary institution which has immensely impacted Ghana’s educational sector.
Courses and cut-off points
In 2005, the university condensed the various faculties into six colleges. A prospective student can be admitted under only one of these 6 colleges. These are:
- Agriculture and Natural Resources
- Art and Built Environment
- Health Sciences
- Humanities & Social Sciences
Yearly, the university receives numerous applications from prospective students who are looking for quality higher education. For students looking to study any of the 72 undergraduate courses offered in KNUST, the university has a strict cut-off point. Find the cut-off points below as of 2020.
Undergraduate Cut-Off Aggregates for 2020/21 Admissions
(to serve only as a guide to applicants)
|3||BA Social Work||16|
|5||BA Political Studies||16|
|6||BA Geography & Rural Development||16|
|8||BA Religious Studies||20|
|12||BA Culture and Tourism||17|
|13||BA Communication Design (Graphic Design)||19|
|14||BA Industrial Art||20|
|15||BA Integrated Rural Art & Industry||21|
|16||BA Publishing Studies||14|
|17||BFA Painting and Sculpture||22|
|18||BSc (Business Administration)||10|
|19||BSc Land Economy||13|
|20||BSc Quantity Surveying & Construction Economics||18|
|21||BSc Construction Technology & Management||18|
|23||BSc Human Settlement Planning||19|
|24||BSc Development Planning||15|
|25||BSc Real Estate Management||18|
|26||BSc Aerospace Engineering||10|
|27||BSc Biomedical Engineering||08|
|28||BSc Chemical Engineering||14|
|29||BSc Mechanical Engineering||14|
|30||BSc Civil Engineering||14|
|31||BSc Computer Engineering||11|
|32||BSc Geological Engineering||18|
|33||BSc Electrical/Electronic Engineering||09|
|34||BSc Materials Engineering||17|
|35||BSc Petroleum Engineering||09|
|36||BSc Petrochemical Engineering||11|
|37||BSc Telecommunication Engineering||14|
|38||BSc Agricultural Engineering||23|
|39||BSc Geomatic (Geodetic) Engineering||18|
|40||Bsc Metallurgical Engineering||19|
|44||BSc Environmental Science||18|
|45||BSc Food Science and Technology||15|
|46||Doctor of Optometry (OD)||08|
|47||BSc Computer Science||15|
|49||BSc Biological Science||15|
|50||BSc Actuarial Science||13|
|52||BSc Meteorology & Climate Science||21|
|53||BSc Human Biology (Medicine)||06|
|54||Pharm D (Doctor Of Pharmacy)||08|
|55||BSc Medical Laboratory Technology||09|
|56||BSc Sports and Exercise Science||21|
|58||BSc Herbal Medicine||15|
|59||BSc BVM (Veterinary Medicine)||13|
|60||BSc BDS (Dental Surgery)(Fee Paying Only)||08|
|61||BSc Disability and Rehabilitation Studies||17|
|63||BSc Sonography (Fee Paying Only)||18|
|65||BSc Post Harvest Technology||24|
|66||BSc Natural Resource Management||24|
|67||BSc Forest Resources Technology||23|
|68||BSc Landscape Design and Management||24|
|70||BSc Agricultural Biotechnology||21|
|71||BSc Dairy and Meat Science & Technology||23|
|72||BSc Aquaculture and Water Resource Management||23|
Previously, prospective students could purchase admission forms from selected banks and post offices across the country but now, you only need to buy a scratch card and visit https://apps.knust.edu.gh/admissions/ to apply using the serial number and pin on the card.Admission Forms and Online Registration
Helplines have been included on this page in case you need any assistance. This is commendable, considering it’s a new product they are rolling out to anxious prospective students.
Do well to guard the serial number and pin on the card with your heart as this would be used later on to assess your admission status.
KNUST Admission List
The admissions list are published on the school’s website as and when, but usually takes about 2-3 months, and also announced to the general public through both digital and print media. You can know your admission status by using the serial number and pin on the card you used in applying for your preferred programs.
Furthermore, you could visit the Dean of Student’s office to find out if you made it to your preferred program or not.
IDL – Institute of Distance Learning
Aside the regular courses, the university offers a distance learning program for students who might not be necessarily situated in the Ashanti region and cannot afford the luxury of relocating to KNUST or Kumasi for longer periods.
Below is an image of the IDL centre and Accra City Campus which was commissioned.
This six-storey edifice and its basement feature nine 150-seater lecture halls, 120-seater computer and server rooms with several offices and two-bed-sitters within the office block. An estimated cost of Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand Ghana Cedis (GH¢10,500,000.00) was spent on the facility.
Fees for each program are reviewed yearly and paid based on the category one falls under. Students can either fall under one of these main categories:
KWAME NKRUMAH UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, KUMASI FEES FOR 2017/2018 ACADEMIC YEAR UNDERGRADUATE INTERNATIOINAL – FRESHMAN PROGRAMMES ACADEMIC FEES (USD)
Social Sciences 4,100.00
Law/Business Administration 5,800.00
Biological Science/Env’t Science/Physics/Chemistry/Mathematics 4,614.27
Architecture/Building Tech/Quantity Survey/Development Planning/ 4,699.27
Construction Econs./Optometry/Actuarial Science/ Industrial Art/Comm. Design/Publishing Studies/Biochemistry/ /Statistics/Food Sci. & Tech / Computer Sci./Integrated Rural Art/Painting & Sculpture/ Agric./ Nat Resources. Nursing/Emergency Nursing/Sports & Exercise Sci/Medical Lab Tech/ Disability & Rehab/Sonography 4,752.77
Agric Business Mgt. 4,699.27
Petroleum/Electrical /Petrochemical/Mechanical/Aerospace/Biomedical/ Metallurgical/Agricultural Eng. Chemical/Computer Eng/Materials/Geological/Geomatic/Civil/Telecom 5,940.00
Pharmacy/Veterinary Medicine/Herbal Medicine 5,915.77
Human Biology(Medicine)/ Dental Surgery 7,217.27
Undergraduate Fee Paying (Freshers)
KWAME NKRUMAH UNIVERSITY OF SCIENE AND TECHNOLOGY, KUMASI FEES FOR 2017/2018 ACADEMIC YEAR UNDERGRADUATE FEE PAYING- FRESHMEN (PROVISIONAL) PROGRAMMES ACADEMIC FEES (GH¢)
Akan/Culture & Tourism/English/ French/Political Studies/Religious – 5,247.60 Studies/Geography & Rural Development/History/Publishing Studies Sociology/Social Work – 5,247.60
Economics – 5,247.60
Law – 8,393.60
Business Administration – 6,343.60
Biological Science/Env’t Science/Physics/Chemistry – 5,693.60
Architecture – 5,393.60
Quantity Surveying/Construction Econs./Development Planning – 5,393.60
Industrial Art/Communication Design/Agric Business Mgt Electrical & Electronic Eng/Chemical/Petrochemical Eng/ Geomatic Eng./Mechanical Eng./Aerospace Eng./Computer Eng./ – 7,517.60
Telecom Eng/Geological Eng/Civil Eng/Biomedical Eng/ Agricultural Eng./Materials Eng./Metallurgical Eng/Petroleum Eng. Optometry – 7,047.60
Actuarial Science/Statistics/Mathematics – 5,393.60
Pharmacy/ Herbal Medicine – 7,347.60
Veterinary Medicine – 7,047.60
BSc. Emergency Nursing/Nursing/Midwifery – 5,693.60
BSc. Emergency Nursing/Nursing/Midwifery (Sandwich, Year 2) – 5,252.35
Sports & Exercise Sci/Medical Lab Tech/Disability & Rehab/Sonography/ – 5,693.60
Biochemistry/Food Science & Tech /Computer Sci./ Meteo & Climate/Human Settlement Planning/Real Estate/Land Economy/ – 5,693.60
Integrated Rural Art/Painting & Sculpture/Agric Biotechnology/ Nat Resources Mgt/Dairy & Meat Sci/Landscape Design/Aquaculture/ Forest Resource Tech/Post Harvest Tech/Agriculture Human Biology(Medicine)/Dental Surgery – 10,193.60
Undergraduate Ghanaian Regular Students
KWAME NKRUMAH UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, KUMASI FEES FOR 2017/2018 ACADEMIC YEAR UNDERGRADUATE REGULAR- FRESHMEN (PROVISIONAL) PROGRAMMES TOTAL ACADEMIC FEES (GH¢)
Akan/Culture & Tourism/English/ French/Political Studies/ Religious Studies/Geography & Rural Development/History/ – 1,220.41
Sociology/Social Work/Economics SCIENCES Actuarial Science/Mathematics/Statistics – 1,347.11
Biological Science/ Biochemistry/Chemistry/ Computer Sci./Env’t Science/Food Science & Tech/ – 1,647.11
Meteo & Climate Sci/Optometry/Physics ENGINEERING Agricultural Eng./Aerospace Eng./Biomedical Eng./Chemical/Civil Eng/ Computer Eng./Electrical & Electronic Eng/Geological Eng/Geomatic Eng./ – 1,817.11
Materials Eng./Mechanical Eng./Metallurgical Eng./Petrochemical Eng/ Petroleum Eng/Telecom Eng/ APPLIED SCIENCES Business Administration/Law – 1,347.11
Architecture/Construction Econs./Development Planning Land Economy/Real Estate/Quantity Surveying – 1,347.11
Communication Design/Industrial Art/Integrated Rural Art/ Painting & Sculpture/Publishing Studies – 1,347.11
Agriculture/Agri-Biotechnology/Agri-Business Mgt./ Aquaculture/Dairy & Meat Sci./Forest Resource Tech/ – 1,647.11
Landscape Design/Nat Resources Mgt./Post Harvest Tech Disability & Rehab/Herbal Medicine/Nursing/Midwifery Medical Lab Tech/Sonography/Sports & Exercise Sci./Pharmacy – 1,647.11
Veterinary Medicine – 1,647.11
Human Biology(Medicine)/Dental Surgery – 1,845.88
KNUST’s main campus is about 7 square miles in area and about eight miles to the east of Kumasi, the Ashanti Regional capital. The university has given life to its surrounding communities; Bomso, Ayeduase, Kotei and Kentinkrono.
Hostels and Houses around KNUST
Obviously, due to the high number of students being admitted each year, not every student can be a resident in the 6 traditional halls of residence. This is where the real estate industry comes in to solve this issue.
Aside from the popular Brunei and Tech Credit Hostels, due to their location on campus, a number of good hostels have also sprung up near and far from the school. One really needs to consider proximity to faculty, safety and comfort in choosing a hostel. For those who want to still feel a home away from home, meqasa.com has a number of good properties in Kumasi you should check out.
At the core of this university is technology hence, the introduction of a student portal where students log in with their Username, Password and Student ID to assess their fees, results etc.
KNUST has also pushed itself to introduce a mobile app for the students called AIM, which stands for Academic Info Manager. This makes it easier for students to assess information about their courses, results and announcements from the convenience of their phones.
All Correspondence to the University must be addressed to:
Kwame Nkrumah University Of Science & Technology
Private Mail Bag
University Post Office
KNUST – Kumasi
Tel: +233 -3220- 60331 E-Mail: email@example.com